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A London nursery manager with a sense of adventure is preparing for a challenging ten day hike in Cuba to raise money for a cancer charity.
Satvinder Bhurji, manager of The Co-operative Childcare in Woolwich, has to raise £3,500 to join Macmillan’s rainforest and mountain trek across Cuba next March which she will tackle in memory of her best friend.
Satvinder said: “I have done a charity walk every year since my friend Diane Stephenson died from breast cancer five years ago. But I have never done anything on this scale. It is a challenge, not least because I have never been camping before and I am in my 50s. We will spend at least four nights sleeping in tents along the way.
“I just wanted to do something different and have an adventure while raising money for Macmillan. The charity is close to my heart because of the work it does to help cancer patients.
“Cuba looks such an interesting and beautiful country and I will be part of a organised group so there will be support.”
To help raise funds, the nursery in Brookhill Road held a charity fun day on Saturday 29 September with activities including face painting, table top sales, cakes and refreshments and a raffle supported by local businesses. The event raised £350 and a further fun day will be held this Saturday (6 October) from 11am to 2pm for the cause.
Satvinder said: “I hope the local community will support it and I would like to thank colleagues, parents of children at the nursery and others who have already pledged sponsorship. Anyone else who would like to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/satvinder-cuba”
Satvinder has worked at the Woolwich nursery for five years and in childcare for 18 years.
The nursery is part of The Co-operative Childcare which is one of the seventh largest specialist providers in the UK, offering more than 3,000 childcare places.